Mando Montreal Workshops

Classical MANDOLIN & GUITAR Orchestra

Next Orchestra Workshop August 2018 date to be confirmed


Mandolin & guitar orchestra concert december 10th 2017

Mando Montreal will be holding it's third annual Classical Mandolin & Guitar Orchestra Workshop downtown Montreal, Canada this summer. Musicians who are willing to live a unique symphonic musical experience are welcomed to this special event.

Organized in a friendly atmosphere, this 3 days intensive workshop of ensemble music ends up with a concert. Exquisite music for mandolin & guitar is on the program for all participants. All levels are welcomed.

What I want is to give people the taste of symphonic music. The mandolin & guitar orchestra give us the access to a incredibly rich and beautiful repertoire.
— Jonathan Bélanger

The Mandolin & Guitar Orchestra

This musical ensemble is consisted of plucked strings family instruments. Traditionally divided into 5 sections, it's orchestration is done in a way that divides the music so that everyone plays his own part. The symphonic musical goal is to achieve beauty & balance in sound.

2015 Orchestra Concert - Casa D'Italia Montreal

2015 Orchestra Concert - Casa D'Italia Montreal


What are the musical styles covered?

The Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra sound lends itself naturally to a wide variety of musical styles. Some existing music in the repertoire  are pure gems. We try to cover baroque, classical and neo-romantic styles ans sometimes adding a touch of jazz or film music.

What can I gain from this experience?

The workshop provides an opportunity for guitar and mandolin players to work in a symphonic musical group context. This is also a great opportunity to get together and develop friendships.

What are the challenges to consider?

Playing in an orchestra is always a challenge. You must follow the leader, your section, while staying focused on your score.

What if I think I do not have the sufficient level?

All players are welcomed. Participants with basic music reading aptitudes receive the music in advance. Semi-participants registration have 2 to 4 selected music suited to their level of playing. The preparation is done alone or with the help of Mando Montreal's Group Lessons.

If I am an experienced musician, what can this workshop bring me?

The workshop welcomes advanced musicians and professionals. The musical program is worked around the strength of its players. You may want to take part as a soloist or in some of the advanced selected pieces.



Participants receive the music one month in advance. We set up and in a short time prepare a show. The preparation is done alone or with the help of the Mando Montreal's Group Lessons.

* It is possible for the musician that are only interested in playing 2-4 easy piece to register as Semi-Participants



Mandolin 1 - Intermediate & Advanced Level

Carrier of the main melody, this section is traditionally reserved for more advanced players and soloists. 

Mandoline 2 - Beginners & Intermediate

Generally easier to play, this section is advised for mandolin players who have never worked in a orchestra.  It plays in harmony, counter-melody and sometimes in unison with mandolin one. 

Mandola & Mandocello - Intermediate & Advanced

This section is the tenor voice of the orchestra. Full of rich and beautiful melodies, the musicians in this section are sometimes required to play alone. Mando Montreal offers the opportunity to borrow an instrument to experiment during the workshop.

Guitar Accompaniment - Intermediate & Advanced

Musical foundation on which all the melodies sit, the guitar accompaniment section is a real fun to play! A good sense of rhythm and music reading skills are essential for this section!

Guitar Melody - Beginners & Intermediate

Guitarists who do not have sufficient skills for reading could play this section a for convenience. This tenor section offers great opportunities together with mandolins. 

Bass - Intermediate & Advanced

To accompany a mandolin and guitar orchestra can be quite a unique experience. Good sight reading and a great sense of rhythm are the skills required! Acoustic or Contrabass players are welcomed

Harp - Intermediate & Advanced

Harp was an important instrument in the history of plucked strings orchertra! A good sense of rhythm and music reading skills are essential for this section! You will be required to play scores that are probably not originally written for your instrument. 



Registration to Workshop

Downtown Montreal View from Belvedere du Mont-Royal

Downtown Montreal View from Belvedere du Mont-Royal



Full 3 day workshop: 180$ CAN

Semi-participation: 150$ CAN

Accommodation & Restaurant Area | Metro | Parking | Bixi


Friday - August 18th

  • 17h Welcome *
  • 18h-21h Ensemble *

Saturday - August 19th

  • 9h-12h Small Ensemble
  • 13h-17h Ensemble *
  • 18h-21h Small Ensemble

Sunday - August 20th

  • 9h-10h Small Ensemble
  • 10h-12h Ensemble *
  • 14h-17h Concert *
  • 17h End 

* Semi-participants are required

Registration date limit is July 30th 2017